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The naked truth

Spencer Tunick

Christian Montes managed to tastefully make an image of the naked volunteers at a Spencer Tunick photo shoot. Whether it’s through a crop or framed in camera this way, this image gets Christian the lead spot in this week’s You Witness slideshow.

View from above



When Ron Mayland‘s aerial photograph of the flooding in Iowa was sent to You Witness last Friday, I was impressed with the quality and the access, especially as we had seen very few pictures from the affected areas from any of the wires. The picture and Ron’s contact details were passed along to our regional chief photographer, who negotiated an arrangement to secure this and additional images for use on the Reuters Pictures Wire service. Ron has continued to provide quality aerial images to Reuters throughout the week.

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Fan favorite



You Witness contributor Davide Elias got in the face of this fan at the Euro 2008 to capture a strong portrait illustrating his passion for the game and the Dutch team.

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Man of the moment


You Witness contributer Joseph Henry catches up with the man of the moment, newsmaker of the week Barack Obama, on the very night Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. Fantastic work Joseph.

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Face to face with a survivor



Bauhaus Wang brings a human face to the devastation caused by the quake in China through his portrait of a survivor.

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A win-win situation



By managing to be surrounded by Manchester United fans after their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the Champions League final, Mishka Henner has produced some winning shots of the celebrations that followed.

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On the scene: In Jaipur



By sending his newsworthy pictures from the Jaipur blasts in a timely fashion, Vinay Joashi saw his photos move on the Reuters Pictures wire service. The pictures were received shortly after the explosions, when there were only two pictures out on the wire from the scene. Vinay was contacted directly by the Reuters India photo staff to negotiate payment and terms of use.

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Quiet of the moment


You Witness Image

By using black and white for his image of Israelis observing a moment’s silence to mark Memorial Day, Dan Bar-Dov allows the viewer to focus on the content and gives you the sense of the stillness and silence.

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When pigs fly


You Witness pic of the week

Sometimes it’s not the actual picture that’s amazing, it’s the story behind it. When a giant inflatable pig went missing from the Coachella Music Festival on Sunday night, the scout was on for pictures of it before its mysterious disappearance. Chris Maddox captured both the pig and revelers enjoying ex-Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters’ concert in his two images highlighted in this week’s selection.

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Drama on the ice


Ice skating

This silhouette of figure skater Evgeni Plushenko has all the drama of a film set: from the height of his spin to the monochromatic tone.

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